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Sources of Funding

  • Medical Research Council
  • British Medical Association
  • John Fell Fund
  • OHBA
  • Medical Research Fund
  • HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust
Short Description


Thank you for your interest in our research group. All our D.Phil project positions are currently filled.  Our next anticipated intake will be in 2018.  

Sadly we are unable to offer research internships, shadowing, or other work experience placements due to limited space.

Natalie Voets

Research Fellow, FMRIB Centre

Research Summary

Research Summary

Our translational research uses non-invasive brain imaging measures to understand how chronic disease, particularly drug-resistant epilepsy and tumours, affects how the brain represents and processes information relevant to memory and other cognitive functions. 

Focused on understanding mechanisms driving brain plasticity and behaviour, our research ultimately aims to improve individual patient management by identifying specific brain patterns predictive of clinical outcome after brain surgery.   Accordingly, our multidisciplinary research, based at the FMRIB Centre, is conducted in close collaboration with both the Oxford Epilepsy Surgery Programme and Oncology neurosurgical service as well as neuroscientists at the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity.



I am a Research Fellow at the FMRIB Centre setting up a dedicated translational imaging group applied to neurosurgical problems, particularly temporal lobe epilepsy and brain tumours. 

I studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford (1999-2002) before completing a D.Phil at the FMRIB Centre (2002-2005) under the supervision of Prof. Paul Matthews focused on Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.  Following a post-doctoral position with Prof. Tipu Aziz’s Deep Brain Stimulation research group, I spent 3 years as imaging scientist at the GlaxoSmithKline Clinical Imaging Centre (now Imanova), assessing the sensitivity of multi-modal neuroimaging measures as early markers of efficacy for drugs targeting memory impairment among others.  In 2009, I moved to the MNI to work in the NeuroImaging of Epilepsy laboratory before returning to the Oxford FMRIB Centre on a MRC Fellowship later that year.


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